As the central exhibition of 2015’s CeBIT fair—the largest technology convention in Europe—a vision of this future was made manifest in the ROBOCHOP installation which invited people to use a custom online app to design and fabricate a piece of furniture in real time.
The ROBOCHOP interface let participants instruct a robotic arm to grab and sculpt a prefabricated 40x40x40cm durable foam cube using a floor mounted hot wire tool to create the object of their choice. Once manufacturing was complete, each custom object was packaged and posted to the user anywhere in the world, entirely free of charge.
The system only allows viable designs to go into production, but lets the user dictate the appearance and use. Stools, side tables, plinths and abstract sculptural pieces are just a few of the infinite items ROBOCHOP can produce.